Camping- the better way to travel.

I have gone on camping trips with my family Me, my sister and my mom camping in South Carolina since I was in elementary school. It's a great way to take an inexpensive vacation that's relaxing and fun. I also like that I get a chance to appreciate the natural world, away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. Over the years, we've stayed at campgrounds all over Florida. It's a good idea to stay at state parks because they have campsites marked out for your use. Also, they usually have better bathroom facilities and educational activities available for campers.

Some of the standouts

One of my favorite areas to camp is in Ocala. I've been to Salt Springs and Juniper Springs several times each. The springs are the clearest blue I've ever seen, and they're chilly enough to make swimming an adventurous experience.

Hontoon Island, near DeLand, is another family favorite. It's a small place accessible only by ferry or boat, so it feels private. It has a memorable hiking trail that leads to the historical Indian mounds of a tribe that used to live there.

Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, S.C. is just beautiful. My family stayed there during Thanksgiving in 2007 to visit my brother, and the fall foliage was breathtaking. It has a lot of open space, and the lake is a nice place to have a picnic.